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Robert Wakeham

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  • Comment on: Global names rally to support under-fire AA director Franch

    Robert Wakeham's comment 10 July, 2020 6:06 pm

    Knowing nothing of the machinations of the AA, but studying this news item and comments, I wonder at the power of the imagery in the headline portrait - that knitting needle could so easily be interpreted (or misinterpreted) as sending a powerful message.

  • Comment on: Stephen Coates reworks villa with new annexe focused on courtyard garden

    Robert Wakeham's comment 10 July, 2020 5:49 pm

    What is the material and finish of the cladding to the pitched roof of the annexe (14/29), please?

  • Comment on: Jenrick faces judicial review over Holocaust Memorial call-in

    Robert Wakeham's comment 10 July, 2020 10:23 am

    The Holocaust Memorial Trust would appear to have become - to all intents and purposes - a government quango (?), given the way that it's presented on the MHCLG website. This site claims that the project's fate will be decided by the Independent Planning Inspector - but omits to note that the ministry can ignore that decision as simply 'advice'.

    For the minister - Jenrick - to have called in a project that he was actively pushing for is more than disgraceful, it's disastrous, because the project has become associated with underhand manipulation of the planning process by his fellow promoters.
    They seem to have forgotten the significance of the cause and to have behaved as if they are 'shoving' to get some hugely profitable property development the nod against the protests a bunch of whingeing nimbies.

    The concept of the holocaust memorial has become tainted by this grubby manoeuvring, and needs rescuing by the identifying of a really appropriate site rather than one that's attractive to politicians keen to gain kudos by association with such a laudable cause.

    The tranquil haven of Victoria Tower Gardens, with all its memorials and memories, will hopefully survive our current crop of politicians, if we live in a fair and equitable society - and the scourge of anti semitism will be denied a cause to rally around.

  • Comment on: Woman dies after crane collapse at Waugh Thistleton site

    Robert Wakeham's comment 9 July, 2020 9:07 am

    There's another video on national media clearly showing that the crane tower had separated from the ground at the base, but not showing why.

  • Comment on: Meis ‘extremely disappointed’ at Everton stadium exit

    Robert Wakeham's comment 8 July, 2020 11:18 am

    The architect who develops detailed construction drawings etc from the concept design architect - they used to be one and the same in the 'good old days' but nowadays decreasingly so on larger projects - I think another description is 'architect of record', and it surely increases the risk of architecture being dumbed down / cost engineered - and perhaps of the concept designer having an inadequate understanding of technical building standards and regulations.

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